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    by Anne Summers Photo: AP US President Donald Trump’s tweets have been described as grenades. Now, in terms of their potential to cause severe and lasting damage, they are more like nuclear warheads. Just in the past week, Trump has made remarks that undermine, if they don’t actually sabotage, his own appeal to the US Supreme Court on his immigration … Read More

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    by Anne Summers Photo: Getty Images   It’s grim to have to say this but the facts seem inexorably to lead to the conclusion that the Manchester bombing was a hate crime against women. Especially against women and girls who want to assert their independence and their freedom, who will submit to no one and who want to shape their … Read More

  • Pic of Russian President Vaadimir Putin

    By Anne Summers             Photo: AP The potentially terrifying consequences of Russian interference in Western democratic politics has been laid out before us in two very different ways this past week. Both reveal the distortion of politics and processes that result from this meddling. If the Russians’ aim is to prevent business as usual in … Read More

  • Former President Barack Obama will get paid $US400,000 for an hour's lunchtime speech to the Cantor Fitzgerald Conference. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast

    by Anne Summers     Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast Et tu, Barack? That was my reaction when I heard the news that former US President Barack Obama has agreed to a speaking gig on Wall Street for which he will be paid $US400,000 ($535,000). Not bad coin in anyone’s language. It’s twice what Bill Clinton commanded when he went on the post-presidential … Read More

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    by Anne Summers       Illustration by Matt Davidson Last November millions of Americans, especially women and girls, were devastated that Hillary Clinton, the most qualified candidate ever to seek the office of US president, was defeated by Donald Trump. Apart from fear at what kind of president Trump would be, there was widespread mourning that a woman candidate … Read More

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    Here is the text of the Occasional Address I delivered at the University of Sydney on 3 May, 2017 after I had been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University:   It is a truly wonderful honour for me to stand before you today to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from this hallowed University, Australia’s first, established … Read More

  • Suicide pic

    By  Anne Summers The recent revelation that each day more than eight Australians kill themselves was startling and confronting but perhaps even worse was learning that another 200 of us attempt suicide every day and do not succeed. We should be grateful to Julia Gillard, the former Australian prime minister who was recently elected the chairman of the board of beyondblue, … Read More

  • M Turnbull

      By Anne Summers Photograph by Alex Ellinghausen   It was 1964 when Donald Horne wrote in his totemic book The Lucky Country that our politicians “cling to power but fail to lead” but he could just as well have written it last week. When a prime minister goes on television and promises he will provide “leadership”, as Malcolm Turnbull … Read More

  • equal pay

    By Anne Summers It really is scarcely believable that pay inequality between women and men is still an issue in 2017. Not only do women on average earn at least 20 per cent less than men, but in some sectors the gap is actually growing. This is despite innumerable court victories and other measures, including anti-discrimination laws, designed to ensure … Read More

  • Malcolm Turnbull

    by Anne Summers Photo by Alex Ellinghausen Is the government of Malcolm Turnbull just totally inept or is it actually cruel? You have to wonder given its fiscal attacks on some of the most vulnerable and needy members of our society. It’s not just that the government proposed cutting the dole to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or that … Read More